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Huge damage caused by floods:Ministry

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The Disaster Management Ministry said the initial estimated damage from the floods stand at US $ 500 million which is about Rs. 50 billion. Ministry Secretary Mrs. Marina Mohamed making a presentation on the emergency situation before Heads of Mission of the Member States of the Organization of the IslamicConference (OIC) based in Colombo, said the initial estimated damage from the floods stood at US $ 500 million, the External Affairs Ministry said.

“The government has spent US $ 10 million to provide cooked meals and dry rations for the people in all affected areas. The Ministry of Disaster Management has released US $ 1.5 million for relief during the three days ending January 12,” the Ministry Secretary said.

Yesterday’s meeting at the Ministry of External Affairs to discuss relief measures for persons affected by the floods in Sri Lanka was chaired by External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris and attended by Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem as well.

Prof. Peiris briefed the Heads of Mission on the flood situation and said the Government had acted swiftly to assist the people affected by the floods. However, given the sheer scale of the problem, the Minister requested the assistance of the OIC Member States for immediate requirements such as roofing sheets, blankets, temporary shelters, dry rations and water pumps among others.

Minister Hakeem said during discussions with President Rajapaksa on the flood situation in the Eastern Province the President had been apprised of the meeting to be held with the Heads of Mission of the OIC. The Minister informed that the people of the Eastern Province had been the worst affected. They experienced the impact of terrorism for over thirty years and the Tsunami in 2004. He added that the floods had destroyed more than 200,000 acres of paddy in Batticaloa and Ampara districts.

The Ambassadors assured the Minister that they would get in touch with their governments and respond as early as possible. Representatives of fourteen Member States of the OIC based in Colombo and officials of the Ministry of External Affairs attended the meeting.-dailymirror


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January 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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